Welcome to Midtown – Manhattan’s bustling heart that not only has several tourist attractions to offer but also fuses the energy of the city with a delectable cuisine. Midtown is the perfect brunch destination for everyone who wants to start their day with a delicious meal.
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The brunch offerings in Midtown Manhattan include everything from avocado toast to poached eggs and delicious breakfast sandwiches. Those of you with a sweet tooth can surely find a tasty french toast or mouth-watering blueberry pancakes. Whatever you decide to have for your Midtown brunch – I guarantee you a great start into the day! If you’re looking for more brunch spots check out my article about the best brunch spots in NYC.
These are the Best Brunch Spots in Midtown
The Smith is definitely one of the best brunch restaurants in New YorkAmerican Restaurant in Upper West SideAdd to myNY added
For all the food lovers out there who value the comforting embrace of classic American fare, The Smith is your safe haven. This hotspot, which sprouted its roots in the East Village in 2007, has since spread its reach to six locations, including our beloved spot on Broadway, right opposite the Lincoln Center.
The Smith serves brunch until 4 pm on weekends and dishes out all your traditional favorites. Omelettes, lox, french toast, you name it, they’ve got it. But don’t let the constant crowd deter you. Snag a reservation and, if you’re lucky, an outdoor table for some quality people-watching. Personal recommendations? Go for a refreshing Martini or Spritz and pair it with the Ranchero Scramble or the Skillet Baked French Toast. Or for something more hearty, the bone-in Ribeye with eggs your way will not disappoint either.
One of the best brunch restaurants in the city: The Crooked KnifeOther Restaurants in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
The Crooked Knife is a restaurant and bar in Midtown Manhattan. Not far from the Empire State Building, the restaurant offers brunch, lunch and dinner. It’s a brunch spot that also has outdoor seating which is perfect for watching people while enjoying one of the many food options.
Brunch is always served on weekends and dishes include delicious omelets, avocado toasts, and Eggs Benedict. My favorite: the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich! For only $49, you can also get a bottomless brunch here, which includes unlimited Bloody Marys and/or Mimosas for two hours. Sounds like a nice way to start the day, doesn’t it?
Not far from the famous Rockefeller Center: La Grande BoucherieFrench Restaurant in Theatre DistrictAdd to myNY added
Consistently named as one of the best New York restaurants for brunch, La Grande Boucherie is another French dining destination with the vibe of a classic steakhouse. With ample seating, the timeless bistro food along with seafood and dry-aged steaks are sure to indulge your palate. Be sure to grab something off the extensive drinks menu, particularly one of the absinthe-fueled cocktails.
Their Eggs Norwegian come with an English muffin, smoked salmon and sauce hollandaise and they’re absolutely delicious! For vegetarians I can recommend the vegetarian sandwich! Whatever you decide to order: you will definitely enjoy the brunch menu.
Dos Caminos is a great brunch place in the heart of ManhattanMexican Restaurant in SoHo
Enjoy Spanish brunch food at Boqueria in Midtown WestSpanish Restaurant in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
If you are looking for Spanish cuisine, the Boqueria in New York is a great option. With four branches in New York City (in Midtown, Flatiron, Upper East Side and SoHo), the Spanish restaurant and tapas bar Boqueria has successfully brought many culinary traditions from Barcelona to New York City in recent years.
For brunch they offer crispy french toast and classic Churros as well as a delicious brunch paella. Of course there are more options at this brunch spot but my favorite is definitely the BOCATA DE HUEVO, a sandwich with smoked bacon and eggs.
Brooklyn DinerAmerican Restaurant in Theatre DistrictOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Even if the name doesn’t suggest it, the diner is really close to Times Square! The Brooklyn Diner is a diner like it is in a book: both from the outside and the inside. Try the pastrami or the French toast.
Calle DaoOther Restaurants in ChelseaAdd to myNY added
Have you ever eaten a meal that featured a blend of Cuban and Chinese cuisine? If you said no, then you must check out Chelsea’s own Calle Dao. This culinary hotspot is located at 461 W 23rd Street and is your direct ticket to the best boozy brunch in NYC.
Why do I say this? Well, for just $30, you can indulge in 60 minutes of bottomless cocktails with the purchase of an entree. When I stop at Calle Dao, I usually opt for an order of Avocado Toast or a crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich. The energetic vibes and attentive staff ensure that every visit is nothing short of delightful, but make sure to get there long before 4:30 pm because that’s when the last drinks are served!
Check out Mom's Kitchen and Bar for a great brunch in MidtownAmerican Restaurant in Theatre DistrictAdd to myNY added
Go retro and have fun with the classic diner vibes at Mom’s Kitchen and Bar. This casual Theater District eatery boasts an all day brunch every day alongside comfort foods like burgers, sandwiches, and steaks. The cocktails are exceptional, though if you can’t decide between those or one of the decadent bigmouth shakes, you don’t have to. The shakes can all be made boozy for just $7 more. If you’re grabbing a bite with friends before heading to the show, this is the perfect casual destination in the Theater District.
SinigualMexican Restaurant in Murray HillAdd to myNY added
Only three blocks from Grand Central Terminal is Sinigual, where you can enjoy incomparable Mexican dishes as well as handmade margaritas and a homemade signature guacamole. All dishes are prepared with farm fresh ingredients.
At Sinigual, the service is reminiscent of the friendly hospitality experienced in Mexico. Thanks to a carefully crafted menu, dining at this restaurant is an authentic Mexican experience.
Jams is a great place to enjoy brunch in MidtownAmerican Restaurant in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
Jams, located at 1 Hotel Central Park, is owned and operated by Chef Jonathan Waxman, and will be open all day on Thanksgiving, offering a day full of food options located right along the iconic Macy’s Day Parade route.
Whether you’re looking for an in-room brunch basket experience overlooking the parade, brunch near Jams’ floor-to-ceiling windows, or a prix-fixe delectable three-course meal, Chef Waxman’s Jams will help you make the most of Thanksgiving in New York City.
BenoitFrench Restaurant in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
Here at Benoit you can get the French classics like cassoulet or onion soup. The restaurant is famous for its fantastic fish dishes and steaks. Be sure to order the fries with it – they are second to none. The Benoit is also ideal for a romantic dinner for two, as the selection is large and the wines are sensational. Here the emphasis is on French wines.
Quality BistroFrench Restaurant in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
With gold detailing that astounds, Quality Bistro is an elegant French restaurant with all the trimmings yet a cozy quality in the dining room that feels inviting rather than stuffy. Choose from the extensive wine list of 400 bottles and let the six-layer caviar dip start your meal. The filet mignon and French onion soup are also splendid options, but do not skip the tableside butter service. This takes bread and butter to a level you didn’t know existed, complete with hors d’oeuvres that are beyond your expectations. Make this your date night spot for a pre show meal and you will not be disappointed with this Broadway dining.
Check out the brunch menu at Carnegie Diner & CafeAmerican Restaurant in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
Carnegie Diner & Cafe in Midtown is a must-visit, because they feature an all-day brunch menu and unlimited mimosas for less than twenty bucks. Here, you’ll enjoy unique creations like their Peanut Butter & Bacon Pancakes or classy Lobster Benedict.
Situated right across from Carnegie Hall and a stone’s throw from Central Park, it’s a fantastic spot for food and sightseeing. My favorites? Avocado Toast with fresh, smashed avocado and poached eggs, and their Banana Nutella Strawberries Pancakes, a delicious mix of fresh fruits and indulgent Nutella. Or if I’m looking for more classic brunch entrees, I usually go for the breakfast waffle sandwich or fried chicken sandwich.
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I'm in love with New York City since I was a child but when I finally had the chance to visit this place back in 2019 I lost my heart. This city makes me happy in a way I didn't know before. Now I hope that I can give you some inspiration for your New York City trip, so that you can understand my love for this city and have the best possible time in the Big Apple.